Before I Fall
Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.
The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day...more
I know there is nothing I could say that could not be b...more
Shallow, egotistical and worst of all - mean. Really, really mean.
I've commented before on the fact that I was a terrible teenager. My parents did not so much try to raise me through these years. More like they tried to survive me as you would a hurri...more
I am in bed right now sobbing the way I did when I read The Fault in Our Stars, or when the wife in Up died, or when my sweet little kitty had to be put down, and I'm not even ashamed.
Before I Fall is one of the most beautiful stories I've read in a while. Everything about it, from concept to characterization, is perfect. It's hard to write a flawed protagonist and still make her likable, but Oliver does, and I found myself wanting to...more
I had high expectations for this book for 2 reasons: 1. I loved Delirium, it's one of my favorite series and 2. so many people raved about Before I fall , saying it is the best of Oliver's work. I couldn't disagree more. At the beginning I couldn't get into the story, it was a bit repetitive, so I had to put it down and read something else in the meantime. In the end I was getting a bit frustrated as I couldn't understand the whole idea of the book. Having finished it yesterday I've been thinkin...more
When I first started reading 'Before I Fall' it reminded me a little bit of a cross between the films 'Groundhog Day & 'Mean Girls'.
At the beginning, I didn't like Sam very much at all. She was one of those girls at schoolwho was more concerned about appearances than substance, and her friends were equally as shallow. They were more obsessed with how many red roses they would get on Cupid's Day, as a show of their popularity, tha...more
That may be the most OUTRAGEOUS understatement of all time.
'Pretty good' doesn't explain the embarrassing amount of tears that poured out of me.
'Pretty good' doesn't touch on Lauren Oliver's incredible way with words and imagery.
'Pretty good' doesn't describe the range of conflicting emotions the story sparked in me.
And 'Pretty good' certainly doesn't account for the fact that, once I finished the final page, I literally threw t...more
That would be my one word review for this book... WOW.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up, and to say that I was utterly unprepared for it's magnificence, would be an understatement. This book evoked such strong emotion. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I was bawling by the end of the story. For me, the stories that awaken your emotions are always the most powerful and memorable. And I don't read many books like that, so when I do, it tends to really stand out.
What's so in...more
Quick Overview: Samantha Kingston has everything a girl could want. She’s popular, has a hunky popular boyfriend, great friends, and there seems to be...more
Oh . . . Oh, my God . . .
Five stars. Five billion stars. Five quadrillion stars. Five infinity stars.
I don't think I'll ever read a book that'll touch me in quite the same way.
A lot of Goodreadsers didn't like Before I Fall because they couldn't relate to it at all and the characters didn't relate to them. Before I Fall did relate to me because the main character, Samantha Kingsto...more
First up I'm going to have to mention Lauren Oliver's STUNNING writing. It pretty much makes me want to give up writing, but at the same time makes me aspire to be a better one (if that makes any sense at all). The metaphors she constructs are absolutely beautiful, and even...more
That is a signed French copy of BEFORE I FALL, and it has a note in it. A note that almost, almost, almooooost brought tears to my eyes, before I realized that would be really creepy and stopped. My father found Lauren at a book signing in Paris and she sort of knew me from the billion tweets I sent her. I am also not going to tell you what the note says, either. Sorry. :D
Maybe this feeling of going around in circles is because I've read this book before. I'm pretty sure I've seen the mov...more
Those five stars were well-earned. Want to know why? My experience with Before I Fall was very rocky. Most times, I wanted to put down the book in frustration and walk away, but all the glowing reviews whispered in my ear, "Keep on reading. There's a good story here. Just wait." And you know what? T...more
Wow. Just wow.
Every so often you read a book that just resonates with you, a book that reaches deep down to your soul and rips it to shreds. For me this was one of those books. I rarely rate books five stars, but I couldn't give this one anything less.
Before I fall is the story of Samantha Kingston, one of the popular girls at her high school, who seems to have it all until she's involved in a tragic accident. Except instead of dying, Samantha is forced to relive h...more
Lauren Oliver broke my big old heart. So much that this isn't going to be very coherent.
I love it when authors write something so perfectly. The prose in this was beautiful and elegant. She made me cry fucking FOUR TIMES. BITCH. I have never cried so many times in one fucking book. It had such a great emotional impact on me which is really amazing because I didn't i...more
Every now and then a book will come along that reminds me of the fine line between a favorite book and one that is just a great read. Sometimes I struggle with what shelves to place a book on when I’m done with it. Was it a favorite? I mean, it was so good, it must be, right? That’s not true though, is it? Before I Fall reminded me that the books that become your favorites are so much more than great, engaging and well written reads. They are the books that hold on to you long after you set them...more
When I first found this book on GoodReads,I loved the plot. It's so original and nothing like I've ever read. So yeah,I decided to buy this book and I did.
I had high expectations for this book because of the hype,which was big about this book. So the book lived up to my expectations and maybe excedded them too.
Lauren Oliver's writing is amazing. I absolutely love the way she describes people/situations and things. Her writing is poetic. There were also many great and meaningful quo...more
Samantha Kingston is the type of girl you either hate, or you're jealous of, in high school. She's pretty, popular, dating the hottest guy in school, and s...more
Lindsey doesn't budge. "Lost it. Flipped your lid. Gone bat shit. Since when do you bring Anna Cartullo presents?"
Sam was a stubborn, stuck up, snobby little shit. The only bit I liked about her was when they replayed Ken replayed the story about what happened with her and a guy named Phil in secondary school.
(view spoiler)["'Remember the time in second grade right after my grandfather died?' he says finally, speaking a low, quiet voice. 'I burst into tears in the lunchroom and Phil
It talks about so many things. Grief, loss, but most important of all death. When you are finished the only thing you can do is to lay down and think about it.
I didn’t feel heartbroken with this book, I knew what I was getting into, the summary says it all. There's also the fact that the subject is not uncommon, there are movies with this sort of theme, like the one with Sandra Bullock – Can’t remember the name of the movie – What made this book so great and set it ap...more
I have to echo the note I received from the publisher with the book - I can't believe I hated the protagonist so much at the beginning and loved her so much at the end. Oliver's writing is really beautiful, and even though the plot is about a girl who relives her dying day six times, she ties a lot of...more
She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After colleg...more
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